The teachings of Mooji

Who is Mooji?

Mooji is a spiritual teacher who is based in the UK and Portugal. His teachings cover many aspects of spirituality that are derived from all sorts of sources. However, much of what Mooji teaches is based on the Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, one which has a big focus on non-dualism. He teaches that true human experiences are pure and that they inhabit what he refers to as 'untouched spaces' from which everything else arises. Because he is devoted to teaching people to enquire about themselves more, he does not provide direct answers to spiritual questions. Instead, he poses further questions which promote greater enquiry. Mooji owns a large property in the Alentejo region of Portugal where he has established an ashram called Monte Sahaj. He also runs a UK-based charity, known as the Mooji Foundation Ltd.

 When was Mooji born?

Mooji was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica in 1954. He was then known as Tony Moo-Young and was raised by his father after his mother left to work in the UK when he was just one year old. After his father died, Mooji was brought up by one of his uncles before relocating to London as a teenager to live with his mother once more. By the 1980s, he was working as a street artist and had his own family.

What led Mooji on his spiritual journey?

In 1985, Mooji's mother was shot dead by police officers during a raid on her home when they were looking for another of her sons. This death sparked the Brixton Riots that summer which had a significant impact on the UK's future domestic policy towards policing. Following this traumatic event, Mooji met a Christian prompting some questions he had been feeling about his attitude to spirituality. Exploring this, Mooji continued to work as an art teacher before quitting in the early 1990s when he decided to go to India to further his spiritual journey. At that time, he met Papaji, an Indian sage, who helped to frame his spiritual outlook.

What is the importance of sastang for Mooji?

The concept of sastang is central to Mooji's way of teaching and exploring spirituality. While he was in India, he attended many sastang sessions himself, including those held by Papaji. By 1999, Mooji was holding his own sastang in London, and they are now held in numerous locations around the world. He uses them as a form of teaching retreat that helps people to engage with their 'true' selves as 'timeless beings'. Over the years, thousands of people have attended these sastang retreats.

Which books has Mooji written?

One of Mooji's earliest publications was 'Breath of the Absolute – Dialogues with Mooji' which came out in 2010. Since then, he has produced several other books including, 'The Mala of God' and 'An Invitation to Freedom'.

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